Hillary Clinton's approval ratings worst since 2008: Poll

Hillary Clinton's approval ratings worst since 2008: Poll

Hillary Clinton 

A new poll shows former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton's approval ratings hitting their lowest point in six years.

The poll, conducted by Fox News, said that 49 percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, while 45 percent see her unfavorably.

This is the first time the former secretary of state’s approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a Fox survey since April 2008.

The drop in Clinton's approval ratings is surprising for many people as she is widely considered to be the Democratic favorite for the 2016 presidential election.

She has not officially announced her bid for the presidential post yet.

When asked about seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, Clinton did not reject the idea last month.

"I am thinking about it," she said. "I'm not going to make a decision for awhile, because I'm actually enjoying my life."

Some other polls have also shown Clinton's ratings steadily falling since she left her post of the secretary of state on February 1, 2013.

The Fox poll also indicated that Americans are now evenly split -- 45 percent to 45 percent – on Democratic Party and Republican Party.

In october last year, the same poll found that just 30 percent of Americans viewed Republican Party favorably, compared to 63 percent who viewed the GOP unfavorably.


Malaysians hold demonstration against Obama visit

Malaysians hold demonstration against Obama visit Malaysian protesters hold up placards against US President Barack Obama

Malaysian protesters hold up placards against US President Barack Obama's planned visit to Malaysia next week during a protest outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on April 18, 2014.

Malaysians have marched in the capital Kuala Lumpur to voice their opposition to an upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama.

The rally, held outside the US Embassy on Friday, was called by Hizb ut-Tahrir that is an offshoot of an international Islamic network.

The protesters carried banners and placards reading, "US is axis of evil" and "Reject Obama, World's No. 1 Terrorist."

They also shouted slogans such as "God is great" and "Obama is the enemy of the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH]."

Malaysian activists accuse Obama of killing Muslims around the world, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Obama is scheduled to travel to Southeast Asia and Malaysia at the end of April.

Obama’s week-long trip to the region is part of Washington’s efforts to boost economic, diplomatic and security ties with the regional countries.

His trip to Malaysia, planned from April 26 to 28, will make him the first sitting US president to visit the country in nearly half a century.

Malaysia has been critical of the US policies in recent decades, especially during the tenure of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from 1981 to 2003.



US, Russia gearing up for war over Ukraine: Analyst

US, Russia gearing up for war over Ukraine: Analyst

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A political analyst has warned of rising tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine, saying the two countries seem to be gearing up for a war, Press TV reports.

In an interview on Saturday, William Jones said Washington and Moscow are preparing for war by increasing troops on the borders of Ukraine as well as maintaining military presence in the country’s neighboring states.

“We are preparing for war. The increase of [US] troops on the eastern border [of Ukraine with Russia], more troops, more planes to the Baltic States, to Romania, [and] to all of the countries bordering Russia at the same time that the Russians are maintaining their own defense capability [show that], we are really in something of a prewar situation,” he added.

“I think that you are looking at a situation which can very easily lead to war and that is a war between nuclear powers,” he added.

The analyst noted that Washington is trying to impose more sanctions on Russia as part of an attempt “to find a scapegoat” for the turmoil in Ukraine.

Tensions between the US and Russia heightened after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16.

Meanwhile, pro-Russia rallies have been a common scene across eastern Ukrainian cities over the past weeks with protesters demanding local referendums on either independence or integration into Russia.


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